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USU Botanical Center plant sale coming, gardening tips offered
by TOM BUSSELBERG
May 08, 2014 | 2210 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
USU Botanical Center in Kaysville - courtesy photo
USU Botanical Center in Kaysville - courtesy photo
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KAYSVILLE — Warmer weather means time for getting those hands dirty in the  earth, doing gardening-related projects.

To help with that, the Utah State University Botanical Center in Kaysville is holding its annual “Members Only Plant Sale.” It will be May 16, 5-8 p.m. at the greenhouse.

This 10th annual plant sale for the “Friends of the Garden” gives a chance to see the newest in perennials and annuals and heirloom vegetable starts.

USU horticulturists will be on hand to provide information. The sale will be at the Rasmussen Teaching Garden next to the greenhouse, information from USU said.

The Botanical Center is also sharing gardening tip information.

Here are items to consider when doing that spring planting:

• Finish planting the garden and put down a good mulch layer for weed control.

• Thin the apples and peaches to one fruit every five to six inches.

• Plant annuals once the danger of frost is past.

• Fertilize annuals about two weeks after planting to stimulate growth.

• Fertilize the lawn with   high-nitrogen fertilizer and broadleaf weed killer to turf grass.

• Water lawn one to 1/2 inches per week.

• Control broadleaf weeds in the lawn with a 2,4-D product before temperatures are above 85 degrees.

• Spray birch trees to control the bronze birch borer, and ash trees for ash borer.

• Call Davis County Extension at 801-451-3412 for the date to begin spraying apple and pear trees to control codling moths and prevent worms in the fruit.

• Use mulch or a pre-emergent herbicide to prevent weeds in the garden.

• Clean sprinkler heads an check for good water coverage.

• Start planting tender plants such as celery, cucumber, dry bean, snap bean, spinach, summer squash, sweet corn.

• Check USU Pest advisory to get a head start on controlling garden pests.

• Plant your new perennial and annual flowers

• Treat perennial plants with compost or slow-release fertilizer.

• Prune spring blooming shrubs after they finish blooming.

• Apply chelated iron to plants suffering from iron chlorosis.

• Enjoy time sitting in your flowerbed to deadhead spring perennials and dig annual weeds.

• Become a member of the USU Botanical Center.

• At the end of the month, begin planting tender plants such as cantaloupe, eggplant, lima bean, pepper, pumpkin, tomato, watermelon and winter squash. 

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